Tonight’s games were much closer than I had anticipated. We only had a brief running clock in the opener and the remaining three were weren’t decided until late in the second half. No upsets tonight. Here’s how it all went down.
Glasgow (B) 64, Slater 43: The final score makes this game look closer than it actually was. Had Glasgow left its starters in the whole game, the Yellowjackets would have won by 40 points, just as they had in the previous two meetings. Glasgow nearly had all five starters reach double figures in scoring. Adam Monnig (17), Kabyl McMillan (13) and Kennedy Davis (10) reached the mark. Hayden Hackman and Bryant Hubbard each fell shy by one point. The Yellowjackets didn’t force many turnovers in this game, but they didn’t allow Slater to get many good looks at the basket either. Another dominant win for Glasgow, and don’t forget, these two teams will meet again on Monday, this time in Glasgow.
Fayette (B) 70, Pilot Grove 64: Blake Dawson had strong starts against Brunswick and Atlanta in the scoring department. It was inevitable that one of his hot starts would carry throughout the game. He had nine of Fayette’s 10 points in the first quarter and had 15 points at the half, about three points under his season average. However, the Fayette sophomore took off in the second half. He had a new career-high of 29 points by the end of the third quarter and finished with 38 points, the second-most points scored in a single game at the Slater Wildcat Classic. The thing is, Fayette needed every single one of those points to hold off Pilot Grove. After falling behind 8-0, Fayette would take the lead in the second quarter and never let it go, but a 16-point lead with 5:18 left in the game nearly slipped away. Pilot Grove closed the gap to five points in the final seconds, but Fayette did enough to hold off and secure a spot in either the third-place game or the championship game this week. Robby Robinson had 13 key points, hit a few 3-pointers when they were needed badly. Tommy Phillips also had 10 points. Brady Rentel led Pilot Grove with 20 points. Thursday’s Fayette-Sacred Heart matchup is now essentially a semifinal game, with the winner advancing to the championship game.
Marshall (G) 45, Sacred Heart 29: Marshall led the entire game, if I remember correctly, but the Lady Owls led by single digits most of the game. It wasn’t until the final four minutes that Marshall pulled away. Glasgow and Marshall will play tomorrow, which is also practically a semifinal game (even though it’s pool play…both teams are 1-0 this week). The winner will advance to the championship game. They met last year in the third-place game. Marshall won 49-43.
Santa Fe (B) 54, Jamestown 40: This was a pretty-balanced matchup, as most 4-5 games in this tournament are. Jamestown held a slight edge during the first half, but Santa Fe pulled away in the second half. The Eagles just couldn’t get shots or free throws to fall, and the Chiefs hit some key 3-pointers to stretch their lead to double digits. Ben Hinz led Santa Fe with 22 points. Two players combined to score 90 percent of Jamestown’s points. Trenton Barbour had 20 points and Garrett Wolfe had 16 points.